The Official Architect. Missing chapters in the history of the profession. Londres, 21 mai 2016.

2016 Annual Symposium of the Society of Architectural Historians (Great Britain)


Official architects, if considered at all, are now most readily associated with the work of the once powerful local authority architects departments of the post-war era. However they have an earlier and more varied history. During the eighteenth, nineteenth and for much of the twentieth century in Britain the title applied to any architect in salaried employment, often working for the state in departments such as the Office of Works, the Admiralty, or the Post Office. Yet such posts were also relied on in bodies as varied as the Miners Welfare Association, the Imperial War Graves Commission, and large private companies such as Boots, Woolworths, the Co-Operative Wholesale Society, and major railway companies such as the L.M.S. Responsible for the design of large swathes of the built environment the work of such architects was as often referred to derogatively as ‘departmental architecture’ and attacked for its poor quality or gone unnoticed due to the culture of bureaucratic anonymity.
Tricia Meehan, maitre-assistant à l’ENSA Normandie et chercheur associée au laboratoire Cultures Constructives, intervenait sur le thème:
Reconfiguring State Building Services in France, 1936-45: pre-war stakes and post-war configurations
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